Definition of compendious in English:


Pronunciation /kəmˈpendēəs/ /kəmˈpɛndiəs/

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  • Containing or presenting the essential facts of something in a comprehensive but concise way.

    ‘a compendious study’
    • ‘In An American Dilemma, a compendious study of American racism, another foreign observer, Sweden's Gunnar Myrdal, recognized the self-correcting nature of what he too called the American Creed.’
    • ‘This book details the social lives of children and includes compendious and informative summaries of attachment theory, friendship formation, group power and function, gender issues, and child psychology.’
    • ‘Our learned friends seek to restrict the word ‘obvious’ to the most narrow meaning possible - that is not the way it has been dealt with - and our friends ignore the fact that it is a compendious concept.’
    • ‘With so many decontextualized styles waiting at every exit, his compendious description of the American highway landscape compresses a hemisphereful of designs into a single journey.’
    • ‘Folklore and legends were retold by the bards, who used devices such as alliteration and rhyme, as well as a compendious store of stock phrases, to aid memorisation and recall, allowing them to instantly ‘compose’ a poem for any occasion.’
    • ‘His book is compendious in its scope, taking in three decades of street life in Los Angeles, a century of the city's police force, and a dramatis personae that runs to five and a half pages.’
    • ‘It is authoritative, compendious and highly readable.’
    • ‘Her writing is elegant, the record compendious.’
    • ‘This is a massive, compendious and copiously researched book that tells the whole of what used to be called ‘our island story’.’
    • ‘Failure to listen ranks high in the compendious catalogue of couple complaints.’
    • ‘As a bonus question - why has the story vanished from the Guardian's compendious website?’
    • ‘Apparently the compendious works on Chicago history by John Kirkland had not been consulted.’
    • ‘Housing land supply was exhaustively examined by the local plan inquiry Inspector, who had compendious, borough-wide evidence before him, including information on all potential housing sites.’
    • ‘His compendious book, then, ranges from dry speculation on geology to exquisite description of flora, spangled with remarkably apt epigrams.’
    • ‘Peter Sheppard Skærved, who writes the compendious notes, wonders if Beethoven himself might have written the adagio variation.’
    • ‘The second limb is concerned with what, for want of a better compendious description, can be called the liability of an accessory to a trustee's breach of trust.’
    • ‘Now, another problem with that paragraph is that it seeks to deal in a compendious manner with disparate kinds of corroborative evidence.’
    • ‘Yet, on occasion, one cannot help but admire his eager intelligence and compendious grasp of the field.’
    • ‘Long before Shakespeare's death the playwrights had lost confidence in their power to offer a conspectus or compendious view.’
    • ‘Given the compendious nature of Wood's works, this is hardly surprising, of course.’
    succinct, pithy, short and to the point, short and sweet, potted, thumbnail, brief, crisp, compact, concise, condensed, shortened, contracted, compressed, abridged, abbreviated, summarized, summary, abstracted
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Late Middle English from Old French compendieux, from Latin compendiosus ‘advantageous, brief’, from compendium ‘profit, saving, abbreviation’.